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Yuengling: the oldest American beer

Yuengling: the oldest American beer
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Yuengling brewery

David G. Yuengling, founder of the oldest American beer

It’s claimed, Yuengling is the oldest American beer. Its story started when David G. Yuengling, a German immigrant, arrived to Pottsville in Pennsylvania. In 1829, he established the Eagle brewery at Centre Street of this coal town but two years later, a fire destroyed the factory and a new one (the current one) was built at Mahantongo Street.

David died at the age of 70 but, previously, his son Frederick  had joined the company and changed the name: D.G. Yuengling & Son.

It has always been a familiar business and when Frederick died, Frank inherited the brewery. 1919 was a bad year, the eighteenth amendment was ratified and the prohibition for alcohol. To survive, they founded a diary. When in 1933 prohibition ends, they celebrated by producing “Winner beer” honoring President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1963, Frank died, after 64 years in command. His sons, Richard L. and F. Dohrman assumed the control, and in 1976 the brewery was placed on the national and state registers as America’s Oldest Brewery.

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